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Danisco CEO to environment leaders: act now to push industry on climate change

Pressemelding   •   des 07, 2009 10:49 CET

CEO of Danisco A/S, Tom Knutzen, says the urgency of climate change requires the world’s environmental leaders to work toward setting ambitious sustainability targets at the United Nations Framework Conference on Climate Change in Copenhagen (COP15).

“The climate crisis also brings great opportunity – now is the time to act. Technologies to mitigate industrial climate impacts are available today, with advanced breakthroughs on the horizon. Yet, to fully tap this vast potential, industry needs clear political objectives and legislative mandates to adapt their business strategies and further drive clean technologies, develop environmentally beneficial products and increase their operational efficiencies,” says Tom Knutzen.

 

Tom Knutzen says, whether or not a clear agreement is forged in Copenhagen, industry is prepared to significantly reduce carbon emissions and environmental impact. Industrial biotech already significantly reduces industrial carbon emissions, and has the potential to reduce carbon by up to 2.5 billion tonnes per year, in addition to the low-carbon potential of biofuels, according to a recent World Wide Fund report.

 

  • Danisco is on the forefront of biobased technologies for industry, fuel and food, several of which it will showcase throughout COP15.
  • This week Danisco and Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company launched the world’s first tire made from BioIsoprene™, which applies renewable resources instead of a petrochemical to synthetic rubber.
  • Danisco’s 50/50 joint venture, DuPont Danisco Cellulosic Ethanol LLC (DDCE) creates integrated technology packages for converting agricultural waste and bioenergy crops into fuel ethanol. Danisco also supplies enzymes to leading players in advanced biofuels, including the Dong/Inbicon plant in Kalundborg, Denmark.
  • Danisco has established a collaboration with Huntsman Textile Effects to dramatically lower energy consumption in textile bleaching.
  • On December 17, Danisco will participate in a biotechnology industry event that brings together government and industry leaders to discuss how industrial biotech can contribute to the global climate change solution. Knutzen will be a keynote speaker at the event.

 

For more information:
Carl Johan Corneliussen, Media Relations Manager, Danisco, tel: +45 3266 2926
Natalie Weber, Media Relations Manager, Danisco, tel: +45 3266 2927

 

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